ISIS and Taliban announced Jihad against each other

Islamic State fighters in 2014, seen here in Anbar province, with Abu Waheeb in the foreground. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

A police chief of a province in Afghanistan has told a local radio station that he has seen documents showing that ISIS and the Taliban have announced Jihad against each other.

According to the India Times, Nabi Jan Mullahkhil has witnessed the documents where The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) chief Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi has called the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar “a fool and an illiterate warlord.”

KHAAMA Press reported that al-Baghdadi said Omar does not deserve spiritual or political credibility. On the other side, Taliban fighters have been ordered by their leaders to not let Daesh flags raise in Afghanistan.
ISIS has also claimed to have built considerably more street credibility in the last 2 years than the Taliban has in the last decade. This belief is due in part to ISIS using social media to its advantage, something that adds a bit of modernism to the militant group.

According to The Indian Talks, al-Baghdadi added that ISIS has captured more land than the Taliban over the past several years. It is thought by some that Omar is hiding in Pakistan under the protection of the Pakistan Army and ISI. The two groups evidently oppose each other and have declared holy war.

Some sources believe the argument is less about Jihad and more about capturing parts of the Helmand province, which is the base of the Afghan Taliban Afghanistan’s largest opium producer. By exporting the substance to Western countries, the Taliban generates large amounts of funds for its causes. It appears as though ISIS want the cash cow for its own.

Only time will tell how it will all transpire. Meanwhile, U.S. forces and other world governments are keeping close tabs on this Jihad.

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